Listening Post: Batch 431

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Thanks to everyone who gave their time and expertise this weekend, picking their five favourites from the following list:

ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
CARAPACE – Celadon Fives
DENUO – Shibuya
DRANG – The Cherry Now
ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
FLAMMA – No Patience
INVISIBLE PYRAMIDS – Come Out The Wilderness
MICHAEL TIMMONS – Mercury Sills
MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
NILI FOSSAE – Into The Blue
NTANTU – Glory
POLITE BUREAUX – SquatADVISOR
PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
SLEEP WALKING ANIMALS – Wild Folk
STATE – Fist Bump
TALMAN – On Dreams (Feat. PETRAVITA)
THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness
TRADGE – Feel A Bit Drunk
TURNA – Ducky
VELVET SUNSET – I Ride All Night
WE ARE AERIALS – Dig
WEBMOMS & CIARAN AUSTIN – Scooters (ft. Slowe)
WINACHI – Characters

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Any artist is welcome to send us one track from Monday morning each week via our inbox. It will be heard by every member of our moderation team that week. Our favourite 25 tracks then appear here on our Listening Post every Friday to Sunday, giving the artists a chance to find out what complete strangers think of their music.

52 Comments

  1. I also enjoyed ‘Fabian’ and ‘house on fire’ from the long list.
    Have a lovely weekend.

    MICHAEL TIMMONS – Mercury Sills
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    SLEEP WALKING ANIMALS – Wild Folk
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness

  2. So many great tracks here but these are my five. I’m writing the fresh faves reviews again this weekend so I won’t go on at length here! Just to say have a great weekend everyone, stay safe and happy voting. xxxx

    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
    SLEEP WALKING ANIMALS – Wild Folk
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness
    VELVET SUNSET – I Ride All Night
    WEBMOMS & CIARAN AUSTIN – Scooters (ft. Slowe)

  3. Tom Robinson

    What a brilliant batch of tunes to kick off our first Listening Post of 2022. I’m already playing tracks by DRANG, PUBLIC BODY, THIS ELEGANT GULL, TRADGE, TURNA and WINACHI on my BBC Introducing Mixtape this Monday, and I thought these others were also outstanding:

    FLAMMA – No Patience
    NTANTU – Glory
    POLITE BUREAUX – SquatADVISOR
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
    SLEEP WALKING ANIMALS – Wild Folk

    Also like WEBMOMS/CIARAN AUSTIN “Scooters” and REALLY HEALEY’s “Big Sister” – though that one hasn’t been uploaded to BBC Introducing. There are lots of other fine tunes worth checking out in the full inbox (https://soundcloud.com/freshnet/sets/inbox431). In particular: VINCENT BURKE (No.15), G SKINFLOWERS (No.35), GLENN MALTMAN (No.57), CHIIKA (No.78), THE NAKED FEEDBACK (No.83), FOXXGLOVE (No.86), REN LAWTON (No.130), ME REX (No.152), POLYHYMNS (No.163) and BETSY SWEENEY & BALLOON TWISTER (No.184).

  4. Welcome to 2022. The first week after the inbox has been closed for a few weeks is always particularly strong, so hats off to those that made the cut. My 5 from the above…

    CARAPACE – Celadon Fives
    DRANG – The Cherry Now
    ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
    NILI FOSSAE – Into The Blue
    STATE – Fist Bump

    Plenty of others that I also liked from the main inbox, all candidates for the Eclectic Picks playlist next week.

    HNY etc

  5. Have a good weekend. The sun is shining here!

  6. Sam Glitch

    whoops didn’t work the first time…thanks for the nod too Tom!

    MICHAEL TIMMONS – Mercury Sills
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    SLEEP WALKING ANIMALS – Wild Folk
    TALMAN – On Dreams (Feat. PETRAVITA)
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness

  7. SA

    First time here for us and we’re delighted to be featured on the Listening Post. Such a great, varied selection of fantastic music. Here’s to discovering more and writing more this year!

    Hard to choose but these stood out for me.

    CARAPACE – Celadon Fives
    DRANG – The Cherry Now
    ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
    VELVET SUNSET – I Ride All Night
    WINACHI – Characters

  8. A collection of some really beautiful songs this week.

    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    DRANG – The Cherry Now
    NILI FOSSAE – Into The Blue
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness

  9. My Five:

    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    MICHAEL TIMMONS – Mercury Sills
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness
    WEBMOMS & CIARAN AUSTIN – Scooters (ft. Slowe)

  10. ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold (this was exceptional)
    MICHAEL TIMMONS – Mercury Sills
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    STATE – Fist Bump

  11. LUZANGOH

    Lovely stuff from everyone on the shortlist!

    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
    SLEEP WALKING ANIMALS – Wild Folk
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness
    VELVET SUNSET – I Ride All Night

  12. Mark G

    Well that was a bit of a blast.
    From beautiful folk melodies to freshly produced intelligent pop, this list had it all. Great weekend to all involved.

    DRANG – The Cherry Now
    POLITE BUREAUX – SquatADVISOR
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    VELVET SUNSET – I Ride All Night
    WEBMOMS & CIARAN AUSTIN – Scooters (ft. Slowe)

  13. Very happy to be included in the 25 this week amongst so many great tracks.
    Found it really hard to pick a top 5 as so many amazing tracks!

    DENUO – Shibuya
    MICHAEL TIMMONS – Mercury Sills
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    TRADGE – Feel A Bit Drunk

  14. Jim

    Happy New Year everyone. Here’s my 5:

    DENUO – Shibuya
    NILI FOSSAE – Into The Blue
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    TALMAN – On Dreams (Feat. PETRAVITA)

    Nice weekend all…

  15. Welcome 2022… lets go!

    DENUO – Shibuya
    NILI FOSSAE – Into The Blue
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    WE ARE AERIALS – Dig

  16. ya

    I loved this mix! Somehow my favourite aspect is the intermix of medieval-inspired folk songs with the UK modern rap; it seems to encapture the UK scene perfectly. xx

    ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    SLEEP WALKING ANIMALS – Wild Folk
    WINACHI – Characters

  17. Thanks everyone for submitting! Happy new year beautiful people.
    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold (Musical crush delivering as usual)
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister (I loved the story telling aspect of this – therefore my track of the week)
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions) (Sings to my soul)
    SLEEP WALKING ANIMALS – Wild Folk (I love the harmonies and vocals – My one to watch)
    WEBMOMS & CIARAN AUSTIN – Scooters (ft. Slowe) (Great flow!)

  18. Hello,

    Happy New Year all!

    If you have the chance, listen to PYNCHER – Dirty Feet from the inbox. Here be my picks…

    ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
    NTANTU – Glory
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    WEBMOMS & CIARAN AUSTIN – Scooters (ft. Slowe)

    Roll on next week!

    Tobi.

  19. Helen Robinson

    enjoyed listening

    DENUO – Shibuya
    MICHAEL TIMMONS – Mercury Sills
    STATE – Fist Bump
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness
    WINACHI – Characters

  20. esslemont

    First time here, a wonderful selection. Thoroughly enjoyed.

    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    NTANTU – Glory
    POLITE BUREAUX – SquatADVISOR
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    WEBMOMS & CIARAN AUSTIN – Scooters (ft. Slowe)

    Rob (esslemont)

  21. Just love the ambient feel on these tracks even though they are all different, they have a feel and vibe that I like in my productions.

    DRANG – The Cherry Now
    FLAMMA – No Patience
    MICHAEL TIMMONS – Mercury Sills
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    STATE – Fist Bump

  22. MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness
    WE ARE AERIALS – Dig

  23. Thanks All. Nice to have you back.

    Our choices this week are:

    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    DRANG – The Cherry Now
    MICHAEL TIMMONS – Mercury Sills
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness

  24. Welcome back! A strong selection to start the new year and the customary tough task to whittle down to five faves. Loved all these and several others, notably Michael Timmons, Sarah McQuaid and Velvet Sunset. A shout out too for the chillstep vibes of KaizanBlu ft. Denney and also the ever dependable Balloon Twister with Betsy Sweeney will you’ll find among other treasures in this week’s Full Inbox.

    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    DENUO – Shibuya
    ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness

  25. Been a while! Happy NY to all

    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    DRANG – The Cherry Now
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness
    VELVET SUNSET – I Ride All Night

  26. Caroline New

    Such a great mix of styles – quite hard to narrow it down to 5 but here are my choices:

    MICHAEL TIMMONS – Mercury Sills
    SLEEP WALKING ANIMALS – Wild Folk
    TALMAN – On Dreams (Feat. PETRAVITA)
    WEBMOMS & CIARAN AUSTIN – Scooters (ft. Slowe)
    WINACHI – Characters

  27. Hugh Gillan

    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
    WE ARE AERIALS – Dig

  28. Mags

    Lots of intriguing sounds 🤩

    CARAPACE – Celadon Fives
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    POLITE BUREAUX – SquatADVISOR
    STATE – Fist Bump
    TRADGE – Feel A Bit Drunk

  29. top 5 picks from Nave

    ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
    INVISIBLE PYRAMIDS – Come Out The Wilderness
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
    STATE – Fist Bump

  30. Sue

    Sooo good to be back listening to such wonderful new music – what a fab bunch of tracks to kick off 2022 with! As usual impossible choices had to be made – my 5:

    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    NILI FOSSAE – Into The Blue
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness
    VELVET SUNSET – I Ride All Night

  31. Love love love, Really Healey ‘Big Sister’ 🙂
    Cracking Listening Post. Happy new year all , great to have you back .
    My 5 this week are,
    DENUO – Shibuya
    INVISIBLE PYRAMIDS – Come Out The Wilderness
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    VELVET SUNSET – I Ride All Night
    WINACHI – Characters

  32. Derv

    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    DENUO – Shibuya
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    VELVET SUNSET – I Ride All Night
    WINACHI – Characters

  33. Trudy White

    Really loving the folk vibes of Annie Dresner and Moira Smiley but I absolutely love the Velvet Sunset track!

    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    DRANG – The Cherry Now
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    VELVET SUNSET – I Ride All Night

  34. In no particular order of preference, these five tracks stood out for me.

    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold : a lovely, melodic voice.
    INVISIBLE PYRAMIDS – Come Out The Wilderness : desirable groove.
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over : complimentary vocal tones.
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password : tempo, riff, lyrics and attitude.
    WINACHI – Characters : such a strong track, lyrics, rhythm and arrangement.

  35. Ciaran

    DENUO – Shibuya
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    NILI FOSSAE – Into The Blue
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)

  36. ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
    TALMAN – On Dreams (Feat. PETRAVITA)
    WINACHI – Characters

    Liking the ethereal song quality of Moira Smiley and Sarah McQuaid, but also very pleasantly surprised by the danceable groove by Winachi. Thumbs up too for PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password who should come and play concerts in the Netherlands – maybe Eurovision Noorderslag soon?

  37. Hodges

    DENUO – Shibuya
    ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    WEBMOMS & CIARAN AUSTIN – Scooters (ft. Slowe)

  38. ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    DENUO – Shibuya
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    STATE – Fist Bump
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness

  39. Louise Toal

    CARAPACE – Celadon Fives
    INVISIBLE PYRAMIDS – Come Out The Wilderness
    POLITE BUREAUX – SquatADVISOR
    STATE – Fist Bump
    WINACHI – Characters

  40. Andy Page

    A supercharged start to the year! So many good songs submitted that I really agonised to pick 5!

    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    POLITE BUREAUX – SquatADVISOR
    STATE – Fist Bump

  41. Such an excellent platform for new music we love freshnet! Great tracks this week as usual lots of brilliant new music, lots on the long list too that didn’t make it. Pyncher, Charlotte Branson, Floor Show and Popfiction.biz to name just a few all stand out tracks shout out to the team that have to shortlist this stuff every week we could not do it! Massive respect! Such an impossible task way too hard to pick just five from 200! But after much deliberation here are our five for this week 🙂

    ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
    POLITE BUREAUX – SquatADVISOR
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    STATE – Fist Bump
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness

  42. Poppy

    A great start to the new year. The five tracks don’t usually stand out this easily for me!

    My picks this week are a peculiarly affecting setting of a classic poem to New Order-ish electronic rock (“The Cherry Now”), an intensely intriguing and moving combination of atmospheric music and spoken samples (“No Photographs Of Me Exist”), a plaintive and unlikely sample-tastic cocktail of haunting blues and electronic pop (“Come Out The Wilderness”), a dreamy, warm-hearted Avalanches-style charmer (“Big Sister”), and some irresistibly tight and fizzy Prince-funk (“Characters”). Brilliant stuff!

    DRANG – The Cherry Now
    ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
    INVISIBLE PYRAMIDS – Come Out The Wilderness
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    WINACHI – Characters

  43. Here’s my top five! Have a great Sunday everyone : )

    DENUO – Shibuya
    NILI FOSSAE – Into The Blue
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
    TALMAN – On Dreams (Feat. PETRAVITA)
    TRADGE – Feel A Bit Drunk

  44. 2022 gets off to a great start with this batch – and always next to impossible to pick just 5…

    Congrats ALL for making The Listening Post.

    MOIRA SMILEY FEAT. PIERS FACCINI AND SEAMUS EGAN – Meeting Is Over
    POLITE BUREAUX – SquatADVISOR
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    STATE – Fist Bump
    WE ARE AERIALS – Dig

    Leo Slayer (loathsome guitar strangler for Junkyard of Silenced Poets)

  45. Well hello 2022! 😀

    DENUO – Shibuya
    INVISIBLE PYRAMIDS – Come Out The Wilderness
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
    VELVET SUNSET – I Ride All Night
    WINACHI – Characters

  46. oldierob

    Thanks all

    My 5

    DENUO – Shibuya
    NILI FOSSAE – Into The Blue
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness
    VELVET SUNSET – I Ride All Night

  47. Kat

    So much amazing music, so energised!

    CARAPACE – Celadon Fives
    NTANTU – Glory
    POLITE BUREAUX – SquatADVISOR
    STATE – Fist Bump
    WINACHI – Characters

  48. ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    SLEEP WALKING ANIMALS – Wild Folk
    STATE – Fist Bump
    THIS ELEGANT GULL – It’s Hard Staring At The Darkness

  49. Jon Read

    Good to hear so much good new music…here are my five for this week. Happy 2022.

    ANNIE DRESSNER – Out In The Cold
    ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
    REALLY HEALEY – Big Sister
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)
    STATE – Fist Bump

  50. Ming

    ESSLEMONT – No Photographs Of Me Exist
    MICHAEL TIMMONS – Mercury Sills
    POLITE BUREAUX – SquatADVISOR
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    SARAH MCQUAID – The Tug Of The Moon (The St Buryan Sessions)

  51. Mark Toal

    Yeah, back with a bang, the inbox was excellent this week and the Listening Post proved very difficult to pick just 5, which are:

    INVISIBLE PYRAMIDS – Come Out The Wilderness
    NILI FOSSAE – Into The Blue
    POLITE BUREAUX – SquatADVISOR
    STATE – Fist Bump
    WE ARE AERIALS – Dig

    Also enjoyed Really Healey, Carapace and Drang. Big shout of respect to those in the inbox who caught my ear but didn’t make the LP, including, Union of Knives, The Fantom Man, Marq Electronica, How To Use This Manual, NTHN, and Priest Of Beards.

  52. Steve Harris

    DENUO – Shibuya
    PUBLIC BODY – Reset My Password
    TRADGE – Feel A Bit Drunk
    TURNA – Ducky
    WEBMOMS & CIARAN AUSTIN – Scooters (ft. Slowe)

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